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Missing
Missing
Author: Sharon Sala
ISBN-13: 9780778320845
ISBN-10: 0778320847
Publication Date: 11/1/2004
Pages: 378
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 175 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
I found this book to be quite suspenseful. I connected to the characters and thought the two main characters fit together very well. While there was some romance I found it did take a back burner to the other events going on through out the book. Overall a great book to curl up and relax with :)
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For Colonel John Wesley Holden, a soldier in the Special Operations division of the Army, risking his life fighting terrorism in a desert thousands of miles away is part of his job. In the back of his mind, however, he's always wondered how safe he and his family are back in the United States. His wife, Margie, and his son, Mikey, are the only things that kept him sane during his months spent as a prisoner of war. When a man manages to infiltrate an Army base commissary and blows it to bits, causing the death of the only two people he's been able to love, Wes knows the truth-the enemy has followed him home.

Wes becomes lost in a near-comatose state; visions of past wars flicker constantly through his mind, his hold on reality is fragile at best, and is slipping away fast. It will take more than a miracle for this man to become anything like who he was in the past. It's not a miracle that forces him out of the hospital on a medical discharge, but it's nothing short of one, when he wanders aimlessly into Ally Monroe's backyard.

Ally is a late-twenties woman in a mid-forties body. She's tired, lonely, and fed-up with spending every minute of her day taking care of her widowed father and two middle-aged brothers. She dreams of a handsome, mysterious stranger walking out of the woods behind her house-he'd ask her for a drink of water, they'd fall madly in love, and her Prince Charming would rescue her from a life of catering to others.

When Wes Holden stumbles into her yard, asking for that drink of water, Ally is scared to death. How can this be? And how is it that the man she thought would rescue her seems to be the one needing rescuing? With an old woman giving her psychic cryptic messages, Wes ensconced in her dead dwarf uncle's cabin, and her brothers becoming odder and odder after working in the fields of a neighbor, life as Ally knows it is suddenly anything but ordinary.

MISSING is Ms. Sala's romantic suspense at its best. Strong emotions, vivid characters, and the underlying sense that all is not right make this a great book. I highly recommend it to all lovers of the genre.
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Helpful Score: 1
Involved plot featuring a special ops veteran who has PTS and is suddenly widowed through a terrorist action; the female lead has a crippled foot and this causes most prospective boyfriends to ignore her. Things start getting really strange in town when a reclusive scientist (who is stalking Ally) starts to harvest a strange herb that kills all the animals near the field.
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Good thriller romance about a man who has to partner with a young, uneducated woman. Wes Holddan's wife and son had earlier been murdered. Learning to accept and love Ally means he has to join the living.
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very good story couldnt wait to read it
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Wes Holden has witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared him for the senseless dearhs of his own wife and son-or the private nightmare that follows. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard...
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On the positive side, this was an absorbing read with sympathetic protagonists. On the down side, too many subplots created one-dimensional characters, many with no apparent motivation.
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This is one of the saddest books I've ever read. It had me crying at chapter two and kept me in tears for most of the book. Wes Holden, special forces, was held prisoner of war and suffered PTSD. Shortly thereafter, his family is killed in a terrorist bombing. His life is a mess and he is troubled by flashbacks. He runs away and hides from the world and finds...love. Unfortunately, danger is stalking his new love and once again he's in it up to his eyelashes.

As sad as this book is, it is stil wonderful and a must read.
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Very human
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Loss, romance, danger -- it is a good read. But I didn't find particularly outstanding about it.
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An excellent read filled with romance and suspense.
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i loved this book
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War hero rescues(?) girl.
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a suspence novel with emotional intensity.
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Great author! Loved the story.
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really enjoyed it
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Wes Holden has been through hell. Literally, He has faced life and death in Iraq, he is a special ops soldier, who has finally made it home. Suffering from Post Delayed Traumatic Stress he is trying to pull his life togather. Suddenly his wife and son are killed in a terrorist attack in the commissary at Ft Benning. Wes shuts down. After almost a year the military releases him to his half-brother. They don't think he will ever come out of the catatonic state he is in. However, left to his half-brothers care, he suddenly realizes he will die if he doesn't escape. So When Aaron Clancy leaves him to sit in a chair alone without anyone to feed or care for him, he rises, packs a bag and leaves.

Walking and hiding from most everyone he travels from Miami to West Virginia.He has been on the road almost a year. His mind torn and shattered, he finally walks out of some woods to hear a sweet voice singing a hymn.

Ally Munroe is the 28 year old daughter of Gidion Munroe. She has a limp and has taken care of her family since she was 16 when her mother died. She has just about given up on her hopes and dreams when the tall, ragged, sad faced man walks out of the woods. At first a little afraid she still offers him food and finally offers him a place to stay. She has inherited her uncle's litte cabin hidden in the woods.

With care and warmth she reaches out to the wounded animal that Wes has become. And Wes fighting and wrestling with his own dreams, or rather nightmares, slowly begins to open the door to his feelings which have been locked up so long.

What neither see is the evil that has come to these mountains. An evil from the city, full of greed and ego. An evil they will both have to fight.

Sharon Sala has given us a novel of all the emotions. I cried, I laughed. And at the end I was humbled. Do not miss this book.
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This was a great read.
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For Colonel John Wesley Holden, a soldier in the Special Operations division of the Army, risking his life fighting terrorism in a desert thousands of miles away is part of his job. In the back of his mind, however, he's always wondered how safe he and his family are back in the United States. His wife, Margie, and his son, Mikey, are the only things that kept him sane during his months spent as a prisoner of war. When a man manages to infiltrate an Army base commissary and blows it to bits, causing the death of the only two people he's been able to love, Wes knows the truth-the enemy has followed him home.

Wes becomes lost in a near-comatose state; visions of past wars flicker constantly through his mind, his hold on reality is fragile at best, and is slipping away fast. It will take more than a miracle for this man to become anything like who he was in the past. It's not a miracle that forces him out of the hospital on a medical discharge, but it's nothing short of one, when he wanders aimlessly into Ally Monroe's backyard.

Ally is a late-twenties woman in a mid-forties body. She's tired, lonely, and fed-up with spending every minute of her day taking care of her widowed father and two middle-aged brothers. She dreams of a handsome, mysterious stranger walking out of the woods behind her house-he'd ask her for a drink of water, they'd fall madly in love, and her Prince Charming would rescue her from a life of catering to others.

When Wes Holden stumbles into her yard, asking for that drink of water, Ally is scared to death. How can this be? And how is it that the man she thought would rescue her seems to be the one needing rescuing? With an old woman giving her psychic cryptic messages, Wes ensconced in her dead dwarf uncle's cabin, and her brothers becoming odder and odder after working in the fields of a neighbor, life as Ally knows it is suddenly anything but ordinary.

MISSING is Ms. Sala's romantic suspense at its best. Strong emotions, vivid characters, and the underlying sense that all is not right make this a great book. I highly recommend it to all lovers of the genre.
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This is a wonderful book with a good story line and romance.A colonel loses his family and meets a very unlikely woman to teach him to love anew. She has been longing to meet the right man but has to take care of her father and brothers.
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good book -- some gross parts, but other than that, a good read
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really enjoyed reading this book!
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Good Book.
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Wes Holden; army special ops. He has seen the ravages of war, and lost his wife and son to a terrorist. He sufferes from bouts of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. He has been in a coma like state for a long time. Then after his stepbrother takes over his care, he begins to come out of it. Leaving his stepbrothers apartment, he heads for he knows not where an ends up in West Virginia where he meets Ally. They both need a friend and together discover danger hidden in the mountains. Danger that is closing in on Ally.
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One of the best books I've read in a really long time. Fantastic.
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"a suspense novel with emotional intensity"
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Well written as usual, but kind of a sad story.
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I loved this book!!!
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Great book!
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This one was different, not your typical romance book.
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This was a great book! I love Sharon Sala! She writes great stories. Lots of drama in this one, very hard to put down.
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Good Sala reading
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Lives up to the other great Sharon Sala books I have read. Couldn't put it down.
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Wes Holden is running from his past after his wife and son are senselessly killed. An empty shell of a man he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's back yard.

Raised in the isolated mountains of West Virginia Ally faces a bleak future spent caring for her stern widower father and two brothers.

A special bond forms between Wes and Ally. But there is danger in the mountains, a place chosen to hide a thriving illegal drug business.
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I really enjoyed this book and will look for more by this Author
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This is was a great book, I loved it. But I like most of Sharon Sala's books.
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a fast read - intrigue and romance
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Another excellent Sala read! I love everything she writes and am never diappointed.
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Enjoyed reading this book
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sometimes you dont know what you ar missing until you find it
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Sharon Sala writes emotional books. I love a happy ending.
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"A suspense novel with emotional intensity."
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Excellent book, couldn't put it down once I started it.
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romantic suspense
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Great book! A little romance and a lot of mystery!
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Excellent characterization - really enjoyed 'getting to know' Wes, Ally, and Uncle Doo (even if he was in spirit only)

Plot was exciting enough that I finished reading the last half of the book very quickly.
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Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until you find it. He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son, or the private nightmare that followed. An emply shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive, until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard.
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He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son - or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard. Raised in the isolated Mountains of West Virginia, Ally faces a bleak future spent caring for her stern widower father and two brothers. But that doesn't stop her from dreaming that a stranger might walk into her life and transform her lonely existence. A special bond forms between Wes and Ally. But as Wes emerges from his haze of pain, his soldier's instincts kick in. There's danger in the mountains, a place chosen to hide a thriving illegal drug business. far worse, the threat is closing in on Ally, and time is running out...
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He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son-or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard.
Raised in the isolated mountains of West Virginia, Ally faces a bleak future spent caring for her stern widower father and two brothers. But that doesn't stop her from dreaming that a stranger might walk into her life and transform her lonely existence.
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Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until you find it. . .
He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son--or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard.
Raised in the isolated mountains of West Virginia, Ally faces a bleak future spent caring for her stern widower father and two brothers. But that doesn't stop her from dreaming that a stranger might walk into her life and transform her lonely existence.
A special bond forms between Wes and Ally. But as Wes emerges from his haze of pain, his soldier's instincts kick in. There's danger in the mountains, a place chosen to hide a thriving illegal drug business. Far worse, the threat is closing in on Ally, and time is running out. . .
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Wes Holden has been through hell. Literally, He has faced life and death in Iraq, he is a special ops soldier, who has finally made it home. Suffering from Post Delayed Traumatic Stress he is trying to pull his life togather. Suddenly his wife and son are killed in a terrorist attack in the commissary at Ft Benning. Wes shuts down. After almost a year the military releases him to his half-brother. They don't think he will ever come out of the catatonic state he is in. However, left to his half-brothers care, he suddenly realizes he will die if he doesn't escape. So When Aaron Clancy leaves him to sit in a chair alone without anyone to feed or care for him, he rises, packs a bag and leaves.

Walking and hiding from most everyone he travels from Miami to West Virginia.He has been on the road almost a year. His mind torn and shattered, he finally walks out of some woods to hear a sweet voice singing a hymn.

Ally Munroe is the 28 year old daughter of Gidion Munroe. She has a limp and has taken care of her family since she was 16 when her mother died. She has just about given up on her hopes and dreams when the tall, ragged, sad faced man walks out of the woods. At first a little afraid she still offers him food and finally offers him a place to stay. She has inherited her uncle's litte cabin hidden in the woods.

With care and warmth she reaches out to the wounded animal that Wes has become. And Wes fighting and wrestling with his own dreams, or rather nightmares, slowly begins to open the door to his feelings which have been locked up so long.

What neither see is the evil that has come to these mountains. An evil from the city, full of greed and ego. An evil they will both have to fight.
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From the back cover:
He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son--or the provate nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive---until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard.
Raised in the isolated mountains of West Virginia, Ally faces a bleak future spent caring for her stern widower father and two brothers. But that doesn't stop her from dreaming that a stranger might walk into her life and transform her lonely exixtence.
But there's danger in the mountains, a place chosen a madman building up an illegal drug business.
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He'd witnessed the ravages of war first hand as an army specialist ops, but nothing could compare him for the senseless death of his wife and child.....or the private nightmare that followed.
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about a soldier who loses his family and feels he can't go on, until he meets a lady who has grown up in the isolaed mountains of Virginia
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Sharon Salsa at her best....enjoy all her books to date....a must read
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He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son-or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard.

Raised in the isolated mountains of West Virginia, Ally faces a bleak future spent caring for her stern widower father and two brothers. But that doesn't stop her from dreaming that a stranger might walk into her life and transform her lonely existence.

A special bond forms between Wes and Ally. But as Wes emerges from his haze of pain, his soldier's instincts kick in. There's danger in the mountains, a place chosen to hide a thriving illegal drug business. Far worse, the threat is closing in on Ally, and time is running out...
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